Rehabilitation model of care

Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process after surgery or significant injury. Rehabilitation aims to restore function across physical, psychological, social and vocational domains.

Allied Health Professions Australia. Rehabilitative Care. Melbourne: AHPA; 2020

These resources guide the:

  • establishment of new rehabilitation services
  • development of existing rehabilitation services
  • implementation of new and innovative rehabilitation care models.

Two documents form the framework for rehabilitation in NSW Health services.

Principles to support rehabilitation care (PDF 1.1 MB)
Published: April 2019. Next review: 2025.

NSW rehabilitation model of care (PDF 3.4 MB)
Please note this model of care has been superseded by the principles. This document has been retained for its detailed guidance on care settings and local implementation.
Published: April 2015. Next review: 2028.

Patient resources

Rehabilitation: What it is and what to expect (PDF 539.9 KB)
This brochure provides information for people preparing for rehabilitation.
Published: January 2020. Next review: 2024.

Patient stories

These videos of patient experiences highlight the importance of communication and a coordinated, patient centred approach to care.

Stephanie and Patrick reflect on their different experiences of rehabilitation care.

Stephanie’s journey

Patrick’s journey

Rehabilitation goals

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